Recent Developments in Virology
Virology as ’Big Science’ of Twentieth Century
As far as science has been able to determine, only snakes, yeasts, fungi, mollusks and cone-bearing evergreens are immune to viruses. All other forms of life, from germs to blue whales, are subject to viral attack. Man may be most vulnerable of all. It has been estimated that these unimaginably tiny entities account for 60 per cent of all human illness.1 They can kill or maim on a massive scale—cause blindness, deafness, paralysis, heart trouble and mental defects. Moreover, medical researchers are coming to believe chat viruses cause some forms of cancer in people and that virus research will sooner or later reveal a cure.
Virologists are now in the forefront of the fight against disease—a ...